Electronic Design

Tiny Synchronous Step-Up Converter Starts Up at 700 mV

Alkaline batteries are convenient because they’re easy to find and relatively inexpensive, making them the power source of choice for portable instruments and devices used for outdoor recreation. Their long shelf life also makes them an excellent choice for emergency equipment that may see infrequent use but must be ready to go on a moment’s notice. It is important that the dc-dc converters in portable devices operate over the widest possible battery voltage range to extend battery run time, and thus save the user from frequent battery replacement.

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